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Hockley Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average time frame of 19 days for registration of title in Hockley
  • 2 was the busiest month and was the next busiest month while was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Hockley
  • 3 Percentage of cases in Hockley that are buy to let is 4%
  • 4 Average time from start to moving day was 83 days for conveyancing in Hockley
  • 5 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270

Examples of recent conveyancing in Hockley since January 2021*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hockley

We chose a local solicitor for my conveyancing in Hockley last week. Going through the Ts and Cs I notewe are liable for costs even if the movedoes not go ahead. Should I ditch them and select an on-line solicitor practice who offer no completion no charge conveyancing in Hockley?

It is usually a trade off in that if "No Sale No Fee" is advertised then the conveyancing charges will tend to be be more expensive to neutralise those conveyances that do not go ahead. Dont forget that these offerings rarely cover disbursements by way of example Hockley conveyancing search fees.

Due to move into my new home in Hockley next Tuesday. My property lawyer now wants me to supply her with evidence of content and building insurance for the property as as she informs me that she is duty bound to validate that it is in order for the mortgage company. What does the insurance need to cover?

Any lawyer on acting for banks would need to check that the following risks are covered fire; lightning; aircraft; explosion; earthquake; storm; flood; escape of water or oil; riot; malicious damage; theft or attempted theft; falling trees and branches and aerials; subsidence; heave;landslip;collision;accidental damage to underground services;professional fees, demolition and site clearance costs; and public liability to anyone else. There are some other issues such as the level of excess that are set out in a lender’s UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook instructions. These requirements are not limited to conveyancing in Hockley.

I am about to put an offer on a leasehold apartment in Hockley. The property agents tell me that it is standard for flats in Hockley to have less than 75 years remaining. I am getting a loan with Nationwide Building Society. Is this going to be acceptable if the lease has 70 years unexpired.

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are obtaining a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. Nationwide Building Society have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 13/4/2021 the requirements read as follows :

- Our minimum unexpired lease term is 55 years.
- There must be at least 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term (regardless of the length of lease at the start).

Where the unexpired lease term is different to that recorded on the mortgage offer, the following clarifies if we need to be informed:

Second hand property:
- If the unexpired lease term on the offer is 85 years or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 85 years
- if the unexpired lease term on the offer is less than 85 years – advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported
- For equity share applications - advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

New build property:
- If the unexpired lease term stated on the offer is 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house) or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house)
- For equity share applications - always advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

Lease terms such as ground rent and event fees must be reasonable at all times during the term of the lease and adhere to our requirements below. If you’re unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable or onerous, please refer the details to us in plain English for Valuer consideration. If the potentially onerous terms are in relation to the ground rent please include the current ground rent figure per annum, how often it will be reviewed and the price structure it will be reviewed against. See the guidance below.

SECOND HAND PROPERTIES

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 55 years
- Less than 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term
- Ground Rent greater than 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI
- Ground Rent review period is less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 55 to 85 years
- Ground Rent greater than 0.1% and less than or equal to 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building*
- Ground Rent review period is greater than 5 and less than 10 years
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial, etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything that appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than 85 years
- Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than or equal to 10 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined)
- Unexpired lease term less than 125 years on a new build flat or less than 250 years on a new build house (does not apply to Shared Ownership)
- Starting Ground Rent greater than 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to every 5 years
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Ground Rent is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent is linked to the value of the building*
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything else appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than or equal to 125 years on a new build flat or greater than or equal to 250 years on a new build house
- Starting Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than 5 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

* Where the Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building, please provide the following:
- How is the value of the block/unit currently calculated and if the assessment relates to the block(s), how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned per property?
- The current valuation and Ground Rent for each unit
- What is the mechanism for future valuations of the block and how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned?
- What is the right of appeal? And is this a documented process within the lease?
- Who bears the cost of the valuation (and appeal) process?
- Confirmation the review period is not less than twenty years.

I am close to exchanging contracts on the sale of our property in Hockley and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a possibility that the property was constructed on contaminated land. A local lawyer would know that there is no such problem. For the life of me I don't know why the buyers used a web based conveyancing practice as opposed to a conveyancing solicitor in Hockley. We have lived in Hockley for six years we know that this is a non issue. Is it a good idea to contact our local Authority to obtain clarification need.

It would appear that you have a conveyancing firm currently acting for you. What do they say? You need to check with your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out life insurance to cover that same illness)

I have todayfound out that Arc property Solicitors have closed. They carried out my conveyancing in Hockley for a purchase of a freehold house 9 months ago. How can I be sure that the property is not still registered in the name of the previous owner?

The easiest method to check if the premises is registered to you, you can carry out a search of the land registry (£3.00). You can either do this yourself or ask a law firm to do this for you. If you are not registered you can seek help from one of a number of Hockley conveyancing specialists.

My partner and I have had DIP from Britannia who said we could borrow up to £300k. At what point do I need to appoint a solicitor for conveyancing? Hockley is where we plan to move to.

You can instruct a lawyer now so that the conveyancing practitioner can open the file so they can conduct their ID checks etc. As and when you wish them to start work you will be asked for a payment on account usually about £175. That would normally be once you have the mortgage offer and survey report, however if you want to speed matters you can get going quicker albeit risking some expense.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Hockley regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Hockley but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Salam Law, 18 Barton Close, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 5UB
  • Wells Legal Solicitors, 3 Spa Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4AZ
  • Alan Simpson & Co, Mill Court, 19 London Hill, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7HW
  • Todmans S R E, Barringtons, Hockley Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8EH
  • Rudds, 81a High Street, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7EJ

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Hockley

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Hockley with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This will likely include advice on Service charge disputes

  • Salam Law, 18 Barton Close, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 5UB
  • Wells Legal Solicitors, 3 Spa Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4AZ
  • Alan Simpson & Co, Mill Court, 19 London Hill, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7HW
  • Todmans S R E, Barringtons, Hockley Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8EH
  • Rudds, 81a High Street, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7EJ

What to expect from a Licensed Conveyancer for conveyancing in Hockley?

Licensed Conveyancers support the transfer of the legal title of a property from one person to another and cover conveyancing countrywide as well as Hockley. When instructing a Licensed Conveyancer governed by the CLC, you are entitled to:
  • Enjoy the benefit of an honest and lawful conveyancing.
  • Receive a high standard of legal services.
  • Be supplied with your conveyancing dealt with using care, skill and legal competence.
  • Enjoy the benefit of a high standard of service due to your lawyer’s arrangements, resources, procedures, skills and commitment.
  • Have a service which is accessible and responsive to your specific requirements.
  • Not feel discriminated against, victimised or harassed.
  • To receive the level you could expect, however, if you do your lawyer accepts responsibility for this and provides you with any appropriate redress.
  • Have your specific needs taken into account should a complaint be made.
  • Have a timeous, objective and comprehensive service if if a complaint is registered about your conveyancing in Hockley.

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

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